ISBNPA Satellite: Challenging Interventions with an Obese Society – Engaging without Enraging



In all areas of nutrition and physical activity interventions, researchers are faced with engaging children and adults with excess body weight (even when weight management is not a study outcome). Often described as the elephant in the room, behavioural interventions must take account of energy needs, physical abilities and disabilities and researchers need to optimise communications which engage but do not enrage. There is evidence that knowledge of personal weight category is associated with weight management but there are still major concerns about raising the issuThere is much to learn about effective communications strategies for:

– recruiting and retaining overweight people in our control and intervention groups
– understanding key concepts of engagement in communities and healthcare research setting
– identifying new creative opportunities to increase the reach of our studies
– developing and utilising brief interventions for diet and physical activity

This satellite offers a range of interactive sessions using video feedback, work-share structured discussions and a designer lead approach to creative opportunities for increasing awareness and action around physical activity and diet for weight management and maintenance. Short presentations include recent work on new visual tools for assessing unhealthy body weight in children, effective communications and brief interventions.

To book for this satellite meeting, please CLICK HERE.

Organisers: Prof Annie S. Anderson and Dr Jo Cecil

Maximum number of attendees: 75

Poster presentations welcome.  Please send your abstracts to   For more information please see the Poster Abstract Submission page of the website – click here.